Italy penalizes WhatsApp 3 million euros for data sharing

Italy’s santitrust watchdog said on Friday it was imposing a 3 million-euro fine on messaging service WhatsApp for allegedly obliging users to agree to sharing their personal data with its parent company Facebook. All 28 European Union data protection authorities asked WhatsApp last year to stop sharing users’ data with Facebook due to doubts over the validity of users’ consent.

The Italian agency said the firm led to users believe they would not have been able to continue using the service unless they agreed to terms including sharing personal data. A WhatsApp spokesperson said, “We’re reviewing the decision and we look forward to responding to officials.” The Italian agency said it had also found other aspects of WhatsApp’s terms of use were unfair, including only the provider having the right to terminate the agreement.

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